DNF Review: A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about this book. It was supposed to be a gothic style PNR, with an English-governess in Wallachia who falls for her enigmatic employer. The blurb promised a sinister manor house, a possible curse, and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of the hero’s first wife. I was expecting Rebecca meets Dracula or something. What I got was a story I had to put down three times in eye-rolling frustration before I finally walked away for good around the halfway point. It should tell you a lot that I couldn’t get any further, since the book was only about 43,000 words.

It started out with a lot of scene setting, which ok, the author was trying to set the mood. Wallachia is very different from London and wolves howl a lot. Lucy, the heroine, has some kind of Past which forced her to leave her home and strike out somewhere entirely new. At first, I figured someone must have deflowered her, especially since she wondered if her new employer was going to ravage her the first time they met (an idea she was clearly not adverse to) but since we later discover she’s a virgin, I can tell you that wasn’t it. [Read more…]

Review: Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione

Reviewed by Jen

I loved dropping back into the world of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series with this novella I missed the first time around. The was originally published as part of the Supernatural anthology back in 2011, placing the story about midway through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse arc. You don’t have to be familiar with the rest of the series to understand what’s going on here, but they’re such great books, I would definitely recommend going back to Pleasure Unbound and enjoy Demonica from the beginning. [Read more…]

Review: Forsaken By Night by Larissa Ione

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a fan of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. I had great hope that these Moon Shifter books would give me the same kind of pleasure and excitement. The first one did not work for me, but I thought it might be a fluke. I hoped that once the world was established, I would be able to fall in to this series the same way I did the other one. Unfortunately, in reading this story, I feel confident this series is just not for me. [Read more…]

Review: Haunted Blade by JC Daniels

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a fan of the early books in this series, but the last Kit Colbana story was a bit of a train wreck. While this installment was head and shoulders above that one, it didn’t quite rise to the level I know these books are capable of.

I kind of expected this book to really bring Kit’s family and history to the forefront, and while it did advance that part of the story, it was not in the overt way I expected. Someone has orchestrated a master plan in the city to turn the supernatural community into chaos. The vampire houses are going nuts; it’s affecting the shifters. And it’s all tied somehow to a mysterious fae dude named Malcolm, who Kit is sure has ties to her grandmother. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a huge fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series! These Realm Enforcer books haven’t enraptured me quite as much, largely because the series arc surrounding the Apollo drug didn’t have the same oomph as the possibility of a war among supernatural factions. That being said, this installment is easily my favorite in this spin-off series.

The reason: a cranky introverted Alpha Grizzly named Bear. [Read more…]

Review: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

The only thing that sucks more than a book I can’t finish is a book I can’t finish from an author I like.

I adore the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, so I was excited to see that she had backlist books I could dive into and roll around in. Then I started reading. Not only did I not connect to this book, I actively disliked it. [Read more…]

Review: The Polar Bear’s Baby by Sophie Stern

Reviewed by Shelly

Sometimes I read a short whimsical story to get away from some heavier reads. This is one of those. I don’t even know why I picked this one. Maybe I thought the cover was pretty or maybe I pushed the nefarious ‘click one’ button versus the sample and voila – I’ve got a new book. But who looks at their kindle and doesn’t get excited when they see a new book? Either way, in my life I’ve made worse choices than this book.

This is my first Sophie Stern book and is the first in her ‘Honeypot Babies’ series. Human Mia just found out that she’s pregnant by bear shifter Aidan. The shifter world is a given in this so there’s no mystery, shock or cry of indignation with the shifter knowledge; even knowing that Mia was a little, just a little, concerned with carrying the cub of a bear. Can’t blame her there. [Read more…]

Review: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

In this 11th installments, the Jane Yellowrock series shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, the story just seems to keep getting deeper and more complex with each book. Don’t get me wrong, these books have never been light reading. But now it is more complicated than ever.

The story comes out swinging with plenty of action. Something or someone is raising twice dead vampires back from the grave. These revenant’s are mindless, powerful killers. Jane’s initial mission is to take them down. After that though, she needs to figure out how they are being reanimated in the first place. [Read more…]

Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been a fan of the Psy Changeling series for a long time. And if at any point you would’ve asked me which of Nalini Singh’s heroes were my favorite, I would have said without hesitation, the ice cold Psy men who are thawed into emotion by their heroines. Kaleb… Judd… my beloved Arrows… now they have some serious competition in a lovely gentleman bear named Valentin.

I absolutely, completely, 100% fell in love with this changeling. He is head over heels for Silver Mercant and he is unwavering in his devotion to her. As far as I’m concerned, he says everything right; he does everything right; he is sexy; he is powerful; he is all of the things. [Read more…]

Review: Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. Alpha shifter romances can be super-sexy. And in this case, it also seemed like it might be a forbidden love kind of deal because the Alpha in question, Cade, is falling for the sister of his greatest enemy. He’s a guy who has always put his pack first and now finally has something for himself in Grace, the selfless doctor who is willing to put herself on the line to go against her family and do the right thing. [Read more…]